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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 9, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas                                ZEITUNG FAMILY AFFAIR Sisters Sarah and Kayla Redwine have different styles of play but both are contributors to success of CHS girls soccer Page SA FORUM DESPERATION Former senator and congressman Bob Kreuger said vicious lastminute political attacks are acts of desperation Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 Vol 153 No 102 10 pages 1 section K r www Mostly sunny High Low 80 45 Details 6A DEAR ABBY 8A CLASSIFIEDS 9A COMICS 7A CROSSWORD 7A FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS SA TVdfilDS 8A FRONT and CENTER Murder for hire Alleged conspiracy touches ranks of NBPD Jonathan Gene Benavides 29 of the Houston area allegedly sought to have a 30yearold Tomball woman killed Motive in the case was a childsupport issue Benavides was a lifelong friend of New Braunfels police officer Jeffrey Childs Samantha Kaderli Childs 23 of New Braunfels is the wife of police officer Jeffrey Childs She and Childs have know each other for about two years and have been married for about a month She and Benavides were charged with conspiracy to commit murder a firstdegree felony Voters head to polls 5 county races contested By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Primary election voters in Comal Coun ty head to the polls today to pick their partys nominees for offices County Clerk Joy Streater said Monday her office is ready to conduct the elec tion It culminates a good six months of pre liminary planning notifications working with parties preparing ballots new equip ment making sure results can be ready as quickly as possible and making sure vot See ELECTION Page 3A 2004 AT A GLANCE Voting takes place from 7 am to 7 today Know where to vote If unsure call 6206520 to speak with the voter registrar Property tax relief would cost DAVID New Braunfels Police Lt John Villarreal left and Police Chief Russell Johnson address the media during a press confer ence Sunday afternpon announcing the arrest of Samantha Kaderli Childs of New Braunfels and Jonathon Gene Benavides of the Houston area on charges of conspiracy to commit murder Policeman placed on paid leave while officials investigate case against wife By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The New Braunfels Police Department has been rocked again by an internal investigation this one involving an officer his wife and an alleged attempt to have someone murdered for money New Braunfels police made two arrests late Saturday and early Sunday in what Chief of Police Russell Johnson said was a conspiracy to commit a mw der for hire Samantha Kaderli cWJds 23 of New Braunfels and Jonathon Gene Benavides 29 of the Houston area were arrested and booked into Comal County Jail on charges of conspiracy to commit mur der The charge is a firstdegree felony punishable by five to 99 years in state prison Bail on each is Childs is the wife of New Braunfels police officer Jeffrey Childs Benavides is described as a longtime friend of the officer who went to school with him in the Houston area Jeffrey ChUds 31 has been placed on paid administrative leave while police continue to investigate the case against his wife Also placed on leave was a female NBPD dispatcher Johnson did not iden tify The dispatcher was cleared of any complicity Sunday afternoon and returned to full duty Johnson said no information had been uncovered that connected the police officer to the crime If we had evidence that officer Childs was involved hed be in jail with his Johnson said We arrest people See POMCi PROBI Page 2A By Scott Mahon Staff Writer A proposaLto change the citys tax and fiscal year would give taxpayers a sixmonth reprieve from property taxes but would cost the city million The city would use reserve funds to make up the loss The reserve fund was at the end of July 2003 The citys fiscal year begins July 1 and ends June 30 Most cities in the state begin their fiscal year Oct 1 and prop erty taxes are due at the end of January The city contracts with the New Braunfels Independent School District to prepare its property tax statements which are mailed out sepa rately in May and June City property taxes are due at the end of July Under the proposal the city would contract with the Comal County Tax Collector to prepare its tax statements and the state ments would become part of the countys tax statements The county mails its tax statements in October Taxes are considered delinquent after Jan 31 said County Tax Sherman Krause NB1SD property tax state ments are mailed beginning in October and are due Jan 31 City Manager Chuck Pinto said But Pinto said NBISD also is considering changing its fiscal year The school district would have to look at its reserves too and see if it could afford to he said And there are still a lot of questions we dont have answers Pinto said the easiest way to change the citys tax and fiscal year is to not bill tax See TAX HiLlIF Page 2A Tour of Faith insight into how religions City council throws parking ordinance back to steering committee By Scott Mahon Staff Writer New Braunfcis city Council sent the parking ordinance to a steering Monday njghi for fur ther study appeared ready to argue the pros and eons of die ordinance and spy lic input on the issue But Mayor Adam Cork said the issue had been T j4i wtwW discussed at previous hearing Traditionally we dont have lie input after avpubUc hearing has already been Cork said It would be unfair As mayor thats my decision but the councU can vote to overrule me if they want The citys current parking prdi iiance allows offsite parking 200 feet from a business location Cork said the existing ordinance is too am biguous Ctoes that mean to the driveway or to a parking space the mayor asked during the first reading In an attempt to clarify the ordi nance the Planning and Zoning Commission recommended offsite be allowed 400 feet from a During the ftrst reading of the revised ordinance some council dont want to see it the revised ordinance get Lost and Id like to see public said District 1 CouiucUwoawi Soiiia MunozGjJl changed some things t and people are here to talk about District 2 Councilman tar ry Alexander said But council failed 10 overrule Corks recommendation that no public input be allowed Cork offered two amendments to the revised ordinance Id like to amend it to read from the first parking space within 400 feet of the edge of a Cork said 1 also want to remove the part that pertains to residential offsite parking because there is a conflict with another ordinance that allows offsite parking in residential areas feet from a Cork then recommended the zon ing ordinance including offsite parking be referred to the Develop ment Code Steering Committee District 3 Councilwoman Gale Pospisil urged council not to refer the ordinance to the committee I think we should move she said The Development Code Steering commMee wiU take tup matter at   

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